I know I need in-home security, I just don’t want the hassle.
As a college student who is getting ready to move into my first apartment, in-home security was one of the first things to cross my mind, and it left as quickly as it came. There are countless things a lot more fun to think about when it comes to getting settled in my new space. Sure, the thought of keeping an eye on things when I’m gone would give me peace of mind, but the thought of having to set up security cameras to see every corner of the place, not to mention the cost of adding cameras makes me want to risk it. Oh, and let's not forget about the fact that cameras around might completely frighten my friends.
I began to read about my options, and the iCamPro Deluxe made by Amaryllo, caught my attention.
- Light bulb style design.
- Free cloud and local storage.
- Robotic tracking.
- Motion too sensitive.
- Does not work with other smart home devices.
- FHD Resolution
So what’s the big deal?
It's a camera, that screws into a light-bulb.
The camera comes with your choice of an E26 or E27 base which you can screw into your light socket. If you can screw in a bulb, you can install this camera, no thought needed. Beyond that, the 360 degree capability eliminates my need for multiple cameras on one level which means more money in my pocket for tuition. The iCam Pro Deluxe is attractive for more reasons than its slick design. It has full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, 24 hour day/night tracking, real-time two-way audio, instant video, and you can receive snapshot push alerts. The auto-tracking on this robot has been reported to work almost too good. The camera prioritizes distance and then motion, meaning given two objects, the camera will track the one closest to it, unless something further away moves. Some iCam Pro Deluxe owners have been sent alerts when a broom in the corner falls over, or when a fan rustles the leaves of a potted plant. And Vanessa from asecurecam.com tested another model and felt that the motion was a little flaky.
To some people this would be annoying, but I would much rather get too many alerts than not enough. Another in-home security brand, cough Nest Cam cough, is permanently set to only allow alerts every thirty minutes. So, if you walk past the camera and trigger an alert while you are rushing out the door, an intruder could sneak in a few minutes later, without you even knowing he was in your home.
Here’s the thing, if the worst thing about this camera is that it tracks too well and sends too many alerts, I’d take it.
The App Makes It Easy
The iCam is synced with the Amaryllo app, found on Google Play and the App Store. Setting up the camera to a mobile device takes 1 minute, and you are given step-by-step instructions. Once you get the camera registered to your device, you have access to everything you need while you’re away. All from the app, you can change to privacy mode (if you are in your home and don’t necessarily want to be tracked 24/7), adjust audio and motion alerts, update your cloud settings and plan, customize the background of your app, change music settings, access Wi-Fi protected set up, read the user manual, and remove the iCam from the app.
With a 4.0 rating on Google Play and 3.5 stars in the App Store, customers seem to generally agree with the straight forward organization of the app.
And if the app doesn’t make it easy enough…
For those of you who still don’t particularly like the sound of having to play around with the app until you feel comfortable, Amaryllo’s website (live.amaryllo.eu) offers 19 to-the-point and easy-to-follow video tutorials that cover everything from set up to rebooting the camera to accessing your recordings. So if you’re like me and will do anything to not have to read the user’s manual, you’re covered.
So let’s talk numbers. The iCamPro Deluxe costs $299.90 upfront for the product alone, via Amaryllo’s website. However, you can drop the price of the hardware to $199.90 if you cough up a monthly fee. The Gold subscription is $9.99 a month for 12 months, or $99.90 for the year upfront, and holds the last 30 days of video at a time. For five dollars more a month and $149.90 upfront, you can purchase the Platinum Cloud subscription, which holds 365 days at a time. For one camera, no matter how you look at it, you should plan on spending somewhere between $300-$350 dollars. The good news, it does come with an 8gb SD card for free, local storage. It also includes a basic Cloud plan for free, providing storage for the last 24 hours.
The bottom line is the camera is in a class of its own. The ease of the set up would be enough to sell me, but throw in the 360 degree auto-tracking and video tutorials walking me through every step, and I wouldn’t think twice.